(Mountain View, Calif.) — During a special meeting of the Mountain View City Council on Tuesday, November 15, Councilmembers voted in favor of an Urgency Ordinance to implement a just-cause requirement for evictions that was included in voter-supported Measure V. The Council action was taken after a reported increase in the number of no-cause evictions and threats of evictions in the weeks leading up to this year’s elections. The urgency ordinance will take effect immediately, while Measure V must still be certified.
Intended to be a stop-gap on no-cause evictions, this emergency measure will continue to be in effect until the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters and the Mountain View City Council can certify and declare the election results, and Measure V takes effect, which is expected to happen by December 23. The language of the ordinance is largely based on Measure V, also known as the Community Rent Stabilization and Fair Rent Act, and applies to the same rental units covered by Measure V, even if they were occupied after 1995, up to the effective date of Measure V, excluding single-family homes, condominiums, companion units and duplexes.
Under this new measure, landlords will continue to be able to evict tenants for just-cause, which includes: failure to pay rent, breach of lease, exceeding maximum occupancy, nuisance, criminal activity or failure to give access. Additional causes for eviction include necessary repairs, owner move-ins, withdrawal of the property from the rental market or demolition; however, these additional causes also trigger relocation assistance.
City staff has begun preparing of a webpage with the ordinance information and developing frequently asked questions as part of the ongoing communications to inform both tenants and landlords about the upcoming changes and their rights and responsibilities after the passing of this Urgency Ordinance and The Community Rent Stabilization and Fair Rent Act (Measure V). For a PDF of the language for the Just-Cause Urgency Ordinance (JCUO), visit www.MountainView.gov/JCUO. If you have questions about your rights as a tenant or landlord, contact Project Sentinel at Housing.org, firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (650) 282-2514.
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Jannie Quinn, City Attorney
(650) 903-6303, Jannie.Quinn@mountainview.gov, or
Shonda Ranson, Communications Coordinator
(650) 903‐6302, SRanson@mountainview.gov